Worship Resources for Sunday, April 21, 2024 (corrected)

Orchard Ridge

United Church of Christ

Sunday Worship Resources

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Fourth Sunday of Easter

8:30 a.m. Nursery Opens

9:00 a.m. – Sunday School for Children and Youth

9:00 a.m. – For Adults – No Java & Jesus

Instead: Shedd Farley Presentation on Green Burials

9:00 a.m. – Meet & Greet for Those New to ORUCC

10:00 am – Worship

Sermon: Kate Mackey

Lay Liturgist: Lauren Amburn

Music: ORUCC Bell Choir

11:15 YFF Meeting

11:15 Diane Dulin Presentation

on Stones Cry Out Delegation to Palestine

3:30 pm Confirmation-Lower Level

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For Children & Youth – April 14th


Sunday School starts at 9 am. PreK-1st grade children are invited to sing with Julie in the Johnson room from 9:00-9:15. After the music, we’ll move to the sanctuary to meet with the bell choir. During worship, the children will be invited to creatively move with the first song that the will bells play. No dance or choreography experience is needed. Just a positive attitude!

Save some time before or after church to experience a “Story Walk” (Weather Permitting). On the south side of the parking lot, you’ll find the book, “Butterfly Child,” by Marc Majewski. Walk along and read this lovely book that, “delivers a gorgeously painted, tender story about a young child who loves dressing up as a butterfly. A joyful celebration of creativity, self-expression, and family. A young child loves the spots and patterns found on butterflies, and fashions bold orange wings to become a butterfly child. But when other kids shun the child for the clothes they don’t understand, it takes a father’s encouragement for the kid to stay true to what they love and find joy in the butterfly wings once more.” This book will complement the butterfly coloring experience that Pastor Kate set up in Friendship Hall for Eastertide. 


Youth Sunday school begins at 9:00 a.m., Kristin and Susan will continue to lead through an “Echo” experience of the Psalms. TRU Function will practice from 10:00 a.m.-Noon. 

Confirmation will meet at the church from 3:30-5:30 p.m..

Confirmation youth: don’t forget to work on your worship notes, a spiritual interview, and check out the devotional opportunity as well! 

Green Burial Presentation

Shedd Farley

9:00 a.m. Friendship Hall

All are welcome to come learn about Green Burial and the Natural Path Sanctuary in Verona.

(No Java & Jesus today)

ORUCC Meet & Greet

9:00 a.m. Anne Frank Room

Are you new to ORUCC? Want to get to know others and learn a little bit about the community? All are welcome to the “Meet & Greet,” with light refreshments provided!

Report from the Stones Cry Out 

Solidarity Delegation 

Diane Dulin


Friendship Hall.

For ten days in February-March, ORUCC member Diane Dulin participated in the Stones Cry Out solidarity delegation to the occupied West Bank of Palestine and Washington, D.C. Organized by the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace and sponsored by eight nationally recognized advocacy groups, this delegation of 23 American Christian leaders met with Palestinian religious and civil society leaders, community leaders and everyday residents — Christians, Muslims and Jews. Diane will share with us the urgent messages the Stones Cry Out delegates received while in the West Bank and then shared with congressional representatives, religious groups and media outlets throughout the U.S. 

(No sermon talk-back today)


One Great Hour of Sharing

Share the Light!

For 75 years One Great Hour of Sharing has provided an ecumenical response to disaster relief, refugee resettlement and community development around the world. The United Church of Christ joins multiple other denominations [including Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Presbyterian Church (USA), American Baptist, African American Episcopal, Church of the Brethren, and more] to express God’s love through water programs, agricultural assistance, infrastructure improvement and emergency shelter.  

Our One Great Hour of Sharing Compassion Offering for April provides rebuilding and grass roots assistance in today’s challenging world.  Please give as you are able to address the effects of war, climate-imposed migration, natural disasters, chronic poverty and oppressive political structures.  Working with local partners and ecumenical networks, One Great Hour of Sharing can be trusted to bring timely, just and effective programs where they are needed most. 


 Thank you for giving generously

You can make a donation by check, on the memo line, please write “compassion” and mail to ORUCC, 1501 Gilbert Road, Madison, WI 53711, or donate online from our website

The link is https://orucc.org/contribute/support/

Office Manager Julie Wombacher

Mon.-Thurs. 8:30am -12:00 pm

608-271-7212 or EMAIL

Senior Pastor: Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey


Associate Pastor: Rev. Kate Mackey EMAIL

Associate Pastor: Rev. Ken Pennings


Children’s Education Coordinator & Music Director: Julie Mazer EMAIL

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